Book Review on Vanessa Tedders ,"The Selfish Shongololo" ๐Ÿ›

By Chantelle Dasrath

I used to read a lot growing up and even through after university. ๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“™๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š

But life sometimes gets the better of you ๐Ÿ˜Š and I canโ€™t remember when last I actually picked up a decent book.

Thank God for news apps and my social media feeds! These platforms have become my everyday go to places to check whatโ€™s happening.

However, being a Mama has made me explore the wonderful world of reading againโ€ฆkiddies books this time!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

We started reading to our son from very early on, we introduced him to books and as the months went on he started turning the hard pages himself & mimicking us.


That's our boy - 1 year & a couple of days old ๐Ÿ˜˜

Our gorgeous boy Milan Jude Theophilus aka Sir MJ is now 1 year & 9 months old โ€“ he turns the pages and makes up the stories based on visuals he sees, like animals, the sun, the stars etc.

We have a small library of kiddies books which entails of a variety of topics. From animal sounds to peep through clever author techniques, all are without a doubt interesting for the little one. ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Our latest addition to Sir MJโ€™s collection of these knowledge pourers is South African Author Vanessa Tedderโ€™s, โ€œ The Selfish Shongololoโ€ ๐Ÿ›

Oh boy!๐Ÿ˜ So we picked up the book over the weekend and decided to all get in bed and read the book. Well Sir MJ insisted he needs a pen , maybe he thought he was the author hahaha to sign the book , move over Vanessaโ€ฆSir MJ wants to sign your book ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

The appearance of the book inside and out is very colourful thus catches the eye of these kiddies. Sir MJ was fascinated by the shongololo ๐Ÿ›โ€“ His words were, in a scary voice , โ€œ Mama Mama spider spiderโ€ which was the cutest thing ever ๐Ÿ˜ป (trying to scare Mama).

The font is Primary school , easy to read writing with clever techniques in between ๐Ÿ˜‰ you gotta read the book to get my drift.

I love the fact that the storyline included animals as Sir MJ loves any creature, from tiny ants crawling on our kitchen wall tiles to roaring lions at Lion park , he adores them all. ๐Ÿž๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿบ๐Ÿถ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ›

The turn of every page was greeted with high facial expression๐Ÿ˜ฏ , I mean Iโ€™m talking raised eyebrows ,shocked eyes and the mouth OMW wants to narrate the story himself!

Sir MJ pointing out the different animals in the book made both my hubster & I very proud, "Oooh Mama ,see the bird" etc. This is actually an added bonus as it gets your kid to interact with the actual storyline. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Very good for early childhood development! Thank you Tedder ๐Ÿ˜„

The crux of the book has a good lesson โ€“ educates a child on the importance of sharing and how sharing can make you and your friends happy people. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

It also points out how working together as a team can make an activity a success. I do not want to give too much of the storyline of this book away.

We love teaching our son life's lessons and values as that little brain at the moment is a sponge listening, learning & copying , so the more positive stuff you teach and instil in your child is better for you and the child in the long run. ๐Ÿ“•โœŽ (Jot that down).

Itโ€™s a short story with added suspense in between. Without a doubt kept me glued right until the end. I mean everyone has that little kid in them. ๐Ÿ˜›

I can guarantee you that Sir MJ will want the โ€œspiderโ€ book every night from last night.

Overview : Stamped and sealed โ€ฆ definitely Sir MJโ€™s , Mamaโ€™s & Daddaโ€™s cups of tea ๐Ÿ’ฏ

You can pick up this book at Exclusive & Bargain books and you could purchase online via Takealot & Loot.

Available in 2 of our rainbow nationโ€™s languages โ€ฆ ainโ€™t that the coolest thing โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

The gorgeous lady who wrote this book is really "Superwoman"๐Ÿ˜Ž
A familiar face on television as a former News Reporter, Vanessa Tedder has just given birth to her 3rd kid and wait for it โ˜๏ธ... still manages to run her affairs brilliantly!๐Ÿ‘ Yes , that's her the lady who co-owns The famous doughnut making Bread Mill in sunny Durbs.


Vanessa Tedder at her book signing.


The stunning Vanessa Tedder with her just born gorgeous offspring!

She's sassy , witty , smart & well obviously has the best damn life๐Ÿ˜‰ ... having her cakes and eating it too ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ“•

Get the book & let me have your thoughts dolls ๐Ÿ’•

Keep an eye out on our social media to check out our amazing book collab!

Yours in attaining & sharing knowledge โ€ฆ ChanyD ๐Ÿ’‹